1. What's the biggest difference over last season? "Last year, we were super, super young, and there was a deficit in the weight room. We were just so far behind. The goal last year was to get the kids to believe they could play the game and be competitive. This season, we've made tremendous gains in the weight room, and we returned basically everybody in our lineup."
2. You coached for five seasons at North Gwinnett [2012-16] under coach Bob Sphire. Your offense has a similar look to those old North Gwinnett teams, getting two-thirds of its total yards through passing. Is South Paulding modeled after North Gwinnett a little bit? "Our practices are the same format and tempo as North Gwinnett's was. Our terminology on offense is the same. Our weight room has the same philosophy. Two coaches on my staff - the offensive coordinator [Jeremy Clements] and offensive line coach [Duvall Braxton] - coached with me at North Gwinnett. I hired Jason Nash [defensive coordinator], who had worked with Mo Dixon [North Gwinnett's former defensive coordinator] at Colquitt County, and he helps run our weight room. The way we practice, that's what makes us. When I took over last spring, they hadn't had practices like that before. After the first two days of spring, one of the parents came up to me and said he asked his son what they were doing and his son said, 'I'm not sure, but man, do we go fast.' That's the mentality that we brought in. We practice two hours, and every bit of that is moving around. There's no standing on the sideline. Everybody is practicing and being coached. That allows us to be coaches and have depth and develop a next-man-up attitude when we have those injuries."